Over 50 students from Loreto College, Crumlin Road joined an 11,000 strong crowd of young people on Friday, 15th March outside Leinster House to pressure the government to take greater action on climate change.
Led by Student Council members Keiffer Cortez and Sophie O’Connor, the enthusiastic students, accompanied by members of staff raised their voices in the hopes of saving the planet and those who live on it.
Speaking to RTE’s Education Correspondent Emma O’Kelly, Keiffer and Sophie cited Greta Thunberg as their inspiration. The 16 year-old Swedish climate activist has shown not only these students, but all students in our school that they can have a voice on the world stage and that Greta “Speaks for them”.
The students’ attendance at the Climate Strike was just part of a number of simple measures that the Student Council wanted to promote in our school to help combat climate change. From recycling our plastic bottles, turning off lights when not in use and turning our mobile phones to low power mode to avoid excessive charging, pupils realised that small changes, made by our entire school community can make a real difference.